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NEXT Harberton Folk Circular - ??day ?? October 2016

Part One below - A full listing of all events for the next 4 weeks
Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) later events
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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29/9/16

Harberton Folk Circular - Thursday 29 September 2016

Part One below - A full listing of all events to the end of October
Part Two - One-liners for the whole of November, plus a couple of other NEW events
Part Three - Other stuff, including Christmas specials
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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Friday 30 September 2016 7pm - Phil Beer - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
An audience with Phil Beer has been described as a glimpse into his world where folk, blues, hymns, the sea, the West Country and a life spent in music combine to make a true show. A Phil Beer gig is one spent in the company of a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Saturday 30 September 2016 - Ceilidh with Mrs Midnights - Jubilee Hall, High Street, Stoke Canon, Exeter EX5 4AR
Caller Mike Boston. Details and tickets from the Stoke Canon Inn 01392 840063.

Friday 30 September 2016 8pm - Otis Gibbs - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
The first gig back at the Crown & Sceptre after our sabbatical sees the singer-songwriter, brilliant raconteur, Indiana native, ace photographer and general all-round renaissance man Otis Gibbs playing here. His songs feature stories about every day life. He has been compared to Woody Guthrie, Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson, and Townes Van Zandt. The website Saving Country Music describes him as Gibbs a "storyteller’s storyteller" with an "independent spirit." Andy Gill of the The Independent wrote that there is a "authenticity and dedication in Gibbs' delivery which is somehow cleansing in its purity". Tickets £11 adv from the venue, tel. 01803 328290, or online www.wegottickets.com/event/364842. More details by ringing the venue on 01803 328290.

Friday 30 September 2016 - Acoustic Haven: Teyr - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
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We combine fiddle, pipes, accordion, whistles, guitar and voices in every innovative way we can muster. Heavily influenced by the great Irish, Scottish, English and Cornish musicians who've come before us, we have honed our craft and thrived on weaving our diverse threads together. Folk music, with its mix of fidelity to tradition and freedom of expression, beautifully allows this." www.teyr.co.uk. Cafe etc open 6.30pm. Tickets on sale at Sacks Wholefoods in Totnes, or on the door if still available. Online booking available, see  www.acoustichaven.co.uk. Acoustic Haven is a community music night run by volunteers.

Friday 30 September 2016 7pm - The Wurzels - Great Barn, Buckland Abbey, nr Yelverton
An evening of scrumpy and western. Booking essential. Details/tickets see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/buckland-abbey/whats-on.

NEW Friday 30 September 2016 7.30pm - Black Voices - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den Crescent, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
With graceful harmonies and gorgeous tones, the internationally acclaimed Black Voices have been wowing audiences all over the world for more than 25 years with their unique repertoire of music and dynamic performance style. Their stunning distinctive brand of acapella is truly sublime - a harmonic blend that celebrates their rich African, Caribbean and British heritage. Black Voices have that beautiful ability to cross language and cultural barriers. www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk/events/black-voices.

Saturday 1 October 2016 7pm - Sarah Deere-Jones - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Sarah Deere-Jones is one of the UK’s most talented and versatile harpists, she was classically trained but soon turned her focus onto medieval and traditional music, with her ground-breaking compositions and arrangements, that are now in demand around the world and have been placed on UK harp grade-exam lists. As well as performing haunting songs and dazzling instrumentals from the English traditional and Celtic genres she also includes jazz and world music. Her work using the Aeolian harp (wind blown) has lead to her music being broadcast on national TV and Radio where it has been widely acclaimed. Sarah’s own research on the medieval harp has shown how it is truly a traditional English, as well as Celtic musical instrument, and her concerts, which are full of dry humour, present the harp and its image, in an entirely different light. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Saturday 1 October 2016 8.30pm - Folk Evening - Cross House Inn, School Road, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
Back for another season. Playing, singing, nattering & noggins. Song and music session. All welcome, bring your instruments and voices. Another fun-filled folk evening. Pub's food is recommended.

Sunday 2 October 2016 7.30pm - James Findlay - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. James Findlay first came into the public eye after winning the 2010 BBC Young Folk Award. "Bl**dy hell, what a voice! This was my first thought as he launched into his songs. He’s warmly charismatic with that sparkle of personality that draws a crowd along with him.” Jon Boden. "He’s got an appositely brilliant voice that lad. It’s not just soft and mellow but it has got a lot of depth and a lot of passion to it. Love his stuff!” Mike Harding. James comes from a family of folk singers & his enthusiasm lies firmly within the English tradition. He is particularly passionate about songs from his home counties of Dorset, Somerset and Devon. He has an extensive repertoire and love for song and this really shows through his knowledge and understanding of the material. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2740_james_findlay.

Thursday 6 October 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Mary Tavy Coronation Hall PL19 9PA
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Full descriptions, booking details, venue locations etc. should be available at www.villagesinaction.co.uk/events.

NEW Friday 7 October 2016 - An evening with John Connor - West Charleton Village Hall, nr Kingsbridge
To raise funds for St Mary's church. Details from sarahjaneprocyk[at]hotmail.com.

Friday 7 October 2016 7.45pm - Paul Wilson & Marilyn Tucker - Brixham Folk Club, Brixham Theatre Lounge, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Marilyn and Paul are renowned for their strong vocal harmonies and instrumental variety, including guitar and piano accordion. Their wide repertoire of traditional songs, including many from Devon's rich cultural history is complemented by a wealth of new songs and original compositions. “We are delighted to be dropping by to sing at Brixham” said Paul, “it will be great to re-connect with South Devon and with long standing friends”. Together Paul and Marilyn have set up Wren Music as a folk music education organization which over the last 30 years has developed an enviable reputation for delivering quality folk development work in a huge variety of settings. They have recently been awarded the gold badge, from the English Folk Dance and Song Society, the highest honour the national body can give. “The success and growth of Wren has outstripped our expectations” said Paul. “Now that’s running, we’ve got a chance to develop further what we were doing before Wren was set up” says Marilyn “that is taking work as performers in our own right.” Doors 7.30pm. Entry £6.

UPDATED Friday 7 October 2016 7.30pm - Keston Cobblers Club - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
“Crossover potential written all over it” 4 Stars - MOJO. “Rambunctious folk and joyous elemental pop” The Guardian. “Furiously contagious….uniquely, charmingly British” Clash. “Ear-worm melodies” 4 Stars - Financial Times. “Wondrous….hugely accomplished” fRoots. “Could this 5-piece be your new favourite folk-pop group?” Digital Spy. Over the last few years, Keston Cobblers Club have been steadily building a name for themselves and winning over an army of loyal fans. They’ve played some of the UK’s biggest festivals and were invited to open for Bellowhead on their farewell tour. Support: Maz O'Connor. 'Maz O'Connor's ace, apart from her remarkable songwriting talent, is her captivating voice ****' (Q Magazine). See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Friday 7 October 2016 9pm - Waterloo Sunset - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Waterloo Sunset are Sue White, from East Devon, and Tony Taylor, from Cornwall. Their music is an eclectic mix of 60s - including Dylan, Kinks and Rolling Stones, as well as Celtic Folk, Folk Rock, Bluegrass and their own compositions. Tony is a multi-instrumentalist, and Sue plays percussion and rhythm guitar. As well as fine musicianship they add harmony vocals into the mix, to make a rich 60s sound. Between them they have made several CDs, and gigged in Britain and Europe. Although they have been singing and playing together for 30 years, this is their debut gig at the B Bar. Admission £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 8 October 2016 8pm - Celt; Julia Howe; Mother's Ruin - Teignmouth Folk Club, The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Celt are the best Celtic music band in the area and comprise Sandy Mackinnon (from Skye), Steve Nolan (from Dublin), Roxinne Llewelyn-Porter (from Swansea) and Roisin Kitts (from Bishopsteignton). They play a mixture of Irish and Scottish songs and tunes and Roisin performs some terrific Irish Dances (feet of fire and body of ice stuff!). Julia Howe (Womens’ Voices) is another local, fantastic vocals, guitar, and self written songs. Mother's Ruin are an Acoustic/Electric Group making a name for themselves playing a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs. Tickets £5 adv, £6 door. Info and ticket enquiries Martyn Hillstead 01626 778071. www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

Saturday 8 October 2016 7.30pm - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
BBC Radio 2’s Folk Duo of the Year 2016, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker bring their epic stories of love and loss to life with soaring vocals and exquisite guitar playing. Their performances have been described as ‘shimmering cathedrals of sound’. Whether interpreting words centuries old or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne’s jewel-like voice goes straight to the heart and Ben’s musical integrity and flair for arrangement are a perfect match, always allowing the songs themselves to be centre-stage. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

Saturday 8 October 2016 - Quicksilver - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
The Kingston Autumn Seasonal Concert: Hilary Spencer and Grant Baynham. Hilary’s powerful vocals and Grant’s virtuoso guitar playing combine to provide a memorable experience for the audience. Grant’s song writing, honed during a four year stint on the BBC’s “That’s Life”, ranges from the poignant to the purely comic. Entertainment guaranteed! “Comic song touched with gold.” (Ned Sherrin, Presenter, BBC TV).  Tel. 01548 810806 for details.

Saturday 8 October 2016 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin form one of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years – a journey that resulted in their winning Best Duo in the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. They make a welcome return to Calstock Arts promoting their latest album Watershed, an exceptional record that marks a huge step forward both in terms of musicality and in the breadth and depth of the material. The alchemy of Martin’s evocative songwriting, rich vocals and fiddle and banjo playing combined with Henry on dobro, harmonica, lap steel and more fuse into a wholly distinctive sound bridging blues, folk, country and Americana. “Authentic, haunting roots music from a first class duo”, Seth Lakeman. Details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 8 October 2016 - Flats And Sharps - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Flats and Sharps blur the lines between Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Pop.  www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Saturday 8 October 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Bratton Clovelly Parish Hall EX20 4JT
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Bar. www.brattonclovellyfestival.com.

Saturday 8 October 2016 - Sam Green with Michael Sykes - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Combining foot percussion, harmonicas and voice with various acoustic and slide guitars; Sam Green is an eclectic, modern roots artist from Devon. Sam’s music is alternative indie folk blues. His intimate, conversational vocal style and virtuosic, radical approach to the guitar come together as a vehicle in which he is free to explore lyrical topics of travel, social injustice and anti-capitalism all the while telling stories of love, hurt and redemption. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/sam-green-with-michael-sykes.

Saturday 8 October 2016 8pm - Dave Peabody with Regina Mudrich, and Julian Piper - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
A champion of the genre for almost half a century, if there was any justice, Dave Peabody would be revered on the same hallowed throne as his transatlantic blues contemporaries. A performer known for not only his sizzling performances of Mississippi Delta standards and sardonic wit, this time around sees him with the accomplished German violinist Regina Mudrich in tow, an unusual but enteraining pairing if ever there was one. Expect dashes of Jazz amongst the blues. Kicking the evening off will be our own resident blues legend Julian Piper, so a feast  of great American roots music is guaranteed. Tickets £10 adv from the Bridge tel 01392 873862, £12 door.

NEW Sunday 9 October 2016 7.45pm - Kim Lowings & The Greenwood - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A first visit for this Midlands-base group, established in 2011 and providing an energetic blend of original compositions and traditional songs. their latest album Histonia (2015) was heralded as "beautiful and enchanting" by Living tradition and "Absolutely captivating" by R2 Magazine.
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 9 October 2016 8pm - Nancy Kerr & The Sweet Visitor Band - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Influential singer-violinist Nancy Kerr plays tracks from her forthcoming follow up album to her solo debut Sweet Visitor backed by a stellar lineup. As a singer- songwriter Nancy has been gaining countless new fans in addition to those who have followed her career with partner James Fagan for the last two decades. Nancy is joined here by Greg Russell, Tom Wright, Rowan Rheingans and Tim Yates. £14 adv/£16 door. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/364200.

Sunday 9 October 2016 7.30pm - Hannah James Jig Doll - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. Jig Doll is a new project created by Hannah James. A rarity in folk music, Hannah is a singer, musician and innovative clog dancer. Jig Doll combines all of these disciplines in a beautiful new show exploring the life of the travelling player: sometimes exotic, sometimes frightening, it’s a world where home changes daily, and the only touchstones are the skills you carry with you, and the people you meet on the way. Jig Doll is the culmination of Hannah’s career thus far, allowing her to combine all of the disciplines for which she’s become known and take them to exciting new places. Much more than a concert, Jig Doll features newly-composed music in a magical setting woven around percussive dance. More details www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2760_hannah_james_jig_doll.

Monday 10 October 2016 9pm - Eliza Acty - Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
Eliza Acty is a singer and musician based in Devon. With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that spans over a century of music. Previously performing with the successful old-time band ‘Appaloosas’, Eliza has been seen in folk clubs, festivals and music venues all over the South West including appearances on BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Cornwall. She has also recorded two albums with Appaloosas, as the lead vocalist and guitarist. Added accompaniment from Peter Acty on clawhammer banjo and guitar. www.facebook.com/elizaactymusic.

Wednesday 11 October 2016 8pm - Paul Downes - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club, Baptist Hall, Millway, Bradninch EX5 4NL
The amazing Paul Downes will be honouring us with his presence, one of England's finest folk guitarists is going to give us a night to remember with his playing, wit and great songs…a night not to miss. BYO drinks. General club info and contact details www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.

Thursday 13 October 2016 -  Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
In the space of a few short years, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston have emerged to become one of the most sought after duos on the English folk & roots scene. The striking combination of the flame headed double bass player & virtuoso mandolin player create music that Folk Roots say is: “A musical partnership made in heaven. Scintillating, sensitive and brilliant!” www.sykespreston.com. Buffet & gig £22 or gig only £12. See www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk for full details.

Thursday 13 October 2016 - Martha Tilston - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Martha is a captivating performer, an enchanting young singer-songwriter blessed with a gloriously clear and seductive voice. Her songs are exquisitely melodic and rooted in environmental, human and social issues as well as celebrating love, inner peace and the natural world. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/martha-tilston.

Thursday 13 October 2016 8pm - Lisa Mills - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Mississippi native now Alabama resident Lisa Mills could be called a blues singer, or a gospel singer or a torch singer or an R&B singer and each label would be accurate. Her 2015 tour was a rousing success and her emotional, sophisticated performances won many plaudits. ‘Lisa Mills- one of the finest blues singers you’ve probably not heard but will demand more of’ Blues all Over the place. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Thursday 13 October 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Clyst Hydon Village Hall EX15 2ND
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Full descriptions, booking details, venue locations etc. should be available at www.villagesinaction.co.uk/events.

Thursday 13 October 2016 8pm - Various notable local musicians - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
Continues the series of enterprising Crabshell concerts with a free evening of fine locally flavoured music from ???. No need to book; just get yourselves seated ready for the Eight o’Clock start. Contact: Paul Rossiter 01548 852841. Details of this and more music in the southern South Hams, and Crabshell Records, at www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 13 October 2016 8.30pm - Becca Langsford & Alex Hart - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Alex Hart and Becca Langsford are both well known on the South West music scene in their own right, but have now come together with a blend of country, blues and folk, featuring acoustic guitar, mandolin and close vocal harmonies. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 14 October 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Stockleigh Pomeroy Village Hall EX17 4AU
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Full descriptions, booking details, venue locations etc. should be available at www.villagesinaction.co.uk/events.

Friday 14 October 2016 8pm - Soroptimist International Plymouth Barn Dance - Derriford Hospital Leisure Centre
Caller Martin Dowling. Tickets £8 to include ploughmans supper. Further information Margaret Luscombe 01752 774401 or 07523 131129.

Friday 14 October 2016 7.30pm - Contra Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY (map)
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10.30pm. Cost £4 per person. Beginners welcome.  Using recorded music from your favourite English bands as well as some of the top American Contra Bands. Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

Friday 14 October 2016 - Kevara Klezmer Ceilidh - Town Hall, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DD
Doors 7.30pm. No bar, BYO refreshments. Admission £8/£7. Come and join Si, Ami, Martin, Pam, Tim, Joel and Howard for more East European shenannigans.

NEW Friday 14 October 2016 7.30pm - John Otway - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The live show remains as chaotic as ever, with the continued possibility of physical injury at every gig! John has built a large cult following, attracted by his surreal sense of humour and the manic energy he puts in to his live performances. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Saturday 15 October 2016 7.30pm - Resurrection Choir of Saint Petersburg - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The vocal ensemble Resurrection -Voskresenije in Russian - was founded by Jurij Maruk in 1993. It consists of seven to ten professional female and male vocalists. The repertoire of the ensemble includes Russian Sacred Music as well as folk music. Guest performances in Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Austria, the UK, France and Italy have met with great success, and the choir has recorded several CDs of their repertoire, which includes some specially composed arrangements of Burns songs by John McIntosh. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Wednesday 19 October 2016 8.30pm - Elani Evangelou - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Elani Evangelou is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Devon. Born into a family of musicians, her influences span across countless genres and styles – making Elani’s sound something rather unique. The jazzy tones of Amy Winehouse covers, combined with her blues and folk original songs and even occasionally rapping – An eclectic performance not to be missed. Admission £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Wednesday 19 October 2016 - Lynched - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Lynched are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/lynched. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Thursday 20 October 2016 8pm - Eddie Martin - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Eddie is quite simply “ the most remarkable bluesman of a generation” (Bob Harris BBC R2) and makes a welcome return to the Mill. He is widely regarded as one of the most respected blues musicians in the UK, and on his last visit to the Mill sold out in just hours. His performances are highly entertaining, his energy infectious and his soulful vocals a treat. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 21 October 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Highweek Village Hall TQ12 1QQ
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Full descriptions, booking details, venue locations etc. should be available at www.villagesinaction.co.uk/events.

Friday 21 October 2016 8pm - Les Barker - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Les is one of the funniest and most unique people on the planet and probably one of the wittiest writers of poems and parodies you will ever see and hear. Many of his comic poems have become very renowned, including Jason And The Arguments, Cosmos The Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower and Have You Got Any News Of The Iceberg? Most of his poetry is available in print form and he has published over 80 books. Come along and be reduced to tears of laughter! Support: tbc. Tickets (this is an advanced notice concert only) paid in adv £10; adv notice without pre-payment £12. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.exeterfolkclub.org, www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

NEW Friday 21 October 2016 - Gallery Bar Special: Esperanto - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A welcome return to Calstock Arts for Jon Boyes and Mark Barnwell, two of the south west’s finest and most popular Spanish guitarists. Esperanto presents a showcase of traditional Spanish/Latin melodies whilst putting their own unique stamp on music by The Eagles and Madonna. Infectious rhythms interlaced with sparkling harmonies and dazzling fretwork, Esperanto take you on a journey: from the sun kissed beaches of southern Spain to the Americas… and back again. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to Mark and Jon please. Doors 7.30pm, music from 8.30pm. Full details, samples etc.www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 21 October 2016 - Faustus - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Tour launching only their third album, fantastic trio comprising Benji Kirkpatrick (ex Bellowhead, Seth Lakeman Band, and now a distinguished solo performer), Saul Rose (Waterson Carthy, duo with Eliza Carthy, Whapweasel, in 2011 took the part of Songman in the West End play War Horse, and much much more), Paul Sartin (Belshazzar’s Feast duo, ex Bellowhead, and much much more too). www.faustusband.com. Doors 7.30pm. Bar [Ed. I assume].  www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

Friday 21 October 2016 7.30pm - Nigel Mazlyn Jones + Greg Hancock - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Nigel Mazlyn Jones plays 12 and 6 string acoustic guitars weaving sounds and creating atmospheres that have entranced audiences on the live and festival circuits since 1976. Well known on the UK festival scene he has often toured UK and European major venues supporting well known bands like Barclay James Harvest, Renaissance and Bob Geldof and collaborated with Steve Hillage, Banco de Gaia, Roy Harper and Guy Evans of Van Der Graaf Generator on various projects. NMJ music has also featured on many TV and radio programmes. Greg Hancock returned to live performance relatively recently after many years living overseas. Over many years he has developed a unique finger-picking guitar style that was influenced early on by players such as Nic Jones and Joni Mitchell... and of course... Nigel Mazlyn Jones! Full details, bookings, artist links etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/371982,

21-23 October 2016 - Baring-Gould Folk Weekend - Okehampton
Gavin Davenport, Sam Lee, Tom Kitching, Janet Russell, Sandra Kerr, Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson. Run by Wren Music. www.baring-gould.co.uk

Saturday 22 October 2016 6pm - Barn Dance with Fox Amongst the Chickens - Great Barn, Buckland Abbey, nr Yelverton
Join us for a raucous evening of dancing and making merry. £5, child 5-16 £3. Booking essential. Details/tickets see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/buckland-abbey/whats-on.

NEW Saturday 22 October 2016 7.30pm - Saskia - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Saskia is a touring folk singer from Bristol who will be singing original and traditional songs in the echoing halls of this 700 year old church. Expect a delightful and rare evening of simple and moving songs with audience participation. "Saskia's singing style has something of the old fashioned purity of early Joan Baez..." Living Tradition Magazine; "...a fine singer songwriter, wonderful voice and great guitar playing..." Johnny Coppin, BBC Radio Gloucestershire. Free donation-based event, no door tickets so booking is essential; see www.saskiaashburton.eventbrite.co.uk to reserve a free ticket.

NEW Saturday 22 October 2016 7.30pm - Jubalee! - St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Songs of the American Slaves Concert presented by Ian Wintersgill. Dedicated to the memory of Jo Cox, MP. Retiring collection in aid of Anti-Slavery International.

NEW Sunday 23 October 2016 7.45pm - Jigantics - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
an absolutely terrific 5 piece band with some familiar faces from the much-loved Colvin Quarmby, thus ensuring top quality musical and vocal excellence. Their programme is a mix of blues, roots, trad and country; foot-tapping songs and fine ballads variously accompanied on guitars, bass, violin, mandolin, harmonica, squeezeboxes and percussion.
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

24-28 October 2016 - Baring-Gould Song School - Okehampton
Run by Wren Music www.baring-gould.co.uk/index.php/song-school.

Thursday 27 October 2016 8pm - The James Brothers - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Performing sets fuelled by flat white coffee, the antipodean pair James Fagan and Jamie McClennan combine the virtuosity for which they're renowned with the gusto and spontaneity of a pub session. Drawing from the folk, blues and bluegrass that inspired them, the James Brothers repertoire includes such songs as The Voyage Of The Buffalo (an up-tempo NZ ballad written in the 1800s about a convict transporting timber ship), Poison Train (a song by Mick O'Rourke about the closure of Australia's rural railways, that James learned from his father), along with self-penned tunes like I Wallaby Free (inspired by a true-life attempt to catch the bouncing beast; its title the best of a groan-inducing bunch suggested by a concert audience). For Fagan and McClennan this is about bringing their distinct Antipodean-steeped folk to a new audience, with songs and tunes brought to life by a fraternal bond between two very silly, but captivatingly gifted musicians.  Tickets £8. Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk.

Thursday 27 October 2016 8pm - Emily Maguire - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
details tba www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 28 October 2016 7.30pm - Steve Ashley - Jellyfish Gallery, 34 Bossell Road, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DD
www.jellyfishprod.com.

Saturday 29 October 2016 7.30pm - Steve Ashley - Manor Inn, Galmpton
An ‘up close and personal’ concert with Steve Ashley (a big favourite of Phil Beer). Limited tickets are available for this intimate concert and we would advise you arrange your ticket early by calling Maggie Duffy on 01803 855961 or emailing info@maggieandmike.co.uk..

Saturday 29 October 2016 - Ryn - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Singer songwriter, Ryn, launches her new EP "Collide". Ticket price includes a free copy of the EP. Ryn offers expressive female vocals leading melodically driven, haunting and insightful acoustic songs. Special guest: Thomas Silver. "Ryn, a beautiful soul with a gorgeous guitar sound, honest and thought provoking lyrics combined with warm mature sounding vocals.........and a helluva funny performer live " - Abbe Martin, Sound of the Sirens. Full description, booking, sample link etc. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com. Tickets £10/£8. Tel. 07508 169049. Email: sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 29 October 2016 7.30pm - Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The songs are penned by Rob Heron, a crazy fool for country music and a full time dandy cowboy. His songs are full of character, satire, and good old fashion hollerin’. The band, a hot six piece, features Ben Fitzgerald (guitar), Tom Cronin (mandolin), Colin Nicholson (accordion), Ted Harbot (double bass) and Paul Archibald (drums). The best way to experience Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra is at a live show! "Rob Heron evokes the spirit of Bob Wills and Django Reinhardt with a quintet that shuffles and boogies with panache. Infectiously good humoured" Uncut Magazine; “Amazing musicians who play with both passion and a sympathetic regard for the history of the genre.” Maverick Magazine. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Sunday 30 October 2016 7.30pm - Mawkin - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
One of brit-folks brightest new guns: a blistering 5-piece band fusing folk, blues and rock. On the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene with all the verve and mystique of ancient folk music traditions from across the globe. Rousing songs of rebellion are sung by brothers David Delarre (Eliza Carthy, Tred) and fiddler James Delarre (Saul Rose & James Delarre, Topette) all underpinned by the virtuosic bellowing of Nick Cooke’s melodeon (Kate Rusby, Jim Moray) and a solid rhythm section with Danny Crump on Bass and Lee Richardson (Diverted, Extreme Music) on Drums. www.mawkin.co.uk. 'Invigorating, highly inventive' Q Magazine; 'Unapologetically energetic' Songlines Magazine; 'Gutsy, impressive, exquisite' The Guardian. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

***** Part Two - One-liners for the whole of November *****

UPDATED Rescheduled to 27 January 2017
Friday 4 November 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Kit Hillbillies - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
NEW
Friday 4 November 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Ilsington Village Hall TQ13 9RG
NEW Friday 4 November 2016 7.30pm - Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den Crescent, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
NEW
Sunday 6 November 2016 7.45pm - Sara Grey & Kieron Means - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Sunday 6 November 2016 8pm - Jim Causley - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Monday 7 November 2016 - Jon Boden solo - Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
NEW Ninebarrow
On tour through Villages In Action - see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for full details, ticketing, venue locations etc.
Tuesday 8 November 2016 7pm - Sheepstor St. Leonard’s Church, nr Yelverton PL20 6PF
Wednesday 9 November 2016 7.30pm - Clayhidon Village Hall EX15 3PL
Thursday 10 November 2016 7.30pm - Buckland in the Moor Community Hall TQ13 7HP - Contact tel. 01364 653525
Friday 11 November 2016 8pm - Cadeleigh Parish Hall EX16 8HW
Saturday 12 November 2016 8pm - Chudleigh Community School Hall TQ13 0LS - Contact tel. 01626 852553
Sunday 13 November 2016 7.30pm - Denbury Village Hall TQ12 6DY
NEW Thursday 10 November 2016 8pm - Various notable local musicians - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
NEW Thursday 10 November 2016 8pm - Steve James - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
NEW
Friday 11 November 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8PA
NEW Friday 11 November 2016 - Jody Kruskal vs Geoff Lakeman: Duelling Concertinas - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
NEW
Saturday 12 November 2016 8pm - Red Shed's 25th Birthday Ceilidh - Newton St Cyres Village Hall EX5 5BW
NEW Saturday 12 November 2016 - Clive Carroll: 1000 years of music - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Saturday 12 November 2016 - Afro Celt Sound System - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
NEW Sunday 13 November 2016 8pm - Terry Reid - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Thursday 17 November 2016 7.30pm - Martin Simpson
- The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
NEW Thursday 17 November 2016 8pm - Robert Ellis (Trio) - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
NEW Friday 18 November 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU
NEW Friday 18 November 2016 8pm - Jim Moray - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
NEW Friday 18 November 2016 - Martyn Joseph - America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 8PX (map)
NEW Friday 18 November 2016 7.30pm - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Nick Wyke & Becky Driscoll; Trev Munkenbeck - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
NEW tba 18-20 November 2016 - West Country Christmas Carols Weekend - Sidmouth
NEW
Saturday 19 November 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Milton Combe Village Hall PL20 6HP
NEW Saturday 19 November 2017 - People's String Foundation - Unit 23, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
NEW Saturday 19 November 2016 7.30pm - Gender Free Ceilidh with Pigs Might Fly - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
NEW Sunday 20 November 2016 7.45pm - Mike Silver & Johnny Coppin - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
NEW Monday 21 November 2016 - The Demon Barbers - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
NEW Wednesday 23 November 2016 - Cara Dillon - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
NEW
Friday 25 November 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Bigbury Memorial Hall TQ7 4HQ
Friday 25 November 2016 - The Levellers - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
NEW
Friday 25 November 2016 - Heg & The Wolf Chorus - Unit 23, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
NEW
Friday 25 November 2016 - Acoustic Haven: Hang Massive - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
NEW Saturday 26 November 2016 7.30pm - Si Barron - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
NEW
Saturday 26 November 2016 8pm - Crow Puppets - Drewe Arms, Drewsteignton
NEW Sunday 27 November 2016 7.30pm - Sarah McQuaid - Tavistock Wharf (map)
NEW Monday 28 November 2016 8pm - Peter Asher & Albert Lee - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
NEW Tuesday 29 November 2016 8pm -
Sarah McQuaid - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club, Kingsteignton (Autumn/Winter 2016 Newsletter)
at the Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH.
The nights are ‘drawing in’ at the Passage House Inn and this is our latest newsletter with details of the next “Featured Artist Events". Featured artists have a ¾ hour set, at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions, finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. All other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. Proceeds as always are all donated to the local Rowcroft Hospice.
24 October - Clive Sheard; 21 November - Chris & Paul Woodhouse; 12 December - Blue Monday
Please visit our new web page www.facebook.com/Acoustic.Warehouse.TQ123QH and bookmark for further information. The old Facebook page will be deleted in the New Year. We meet every Monday and especially welcome visitors who are always made welcome to listen to the performances.
At the end of 2016 after 4½ years, Martin & Janet are handing over all of the running of Acoustic Warehouse Devon to Nigel & Mary. We are all very proud that the club is on target, by the end of the year, to have raised £3ooo for our local Rowcroft Hospice. Kind Regards Martin & Janet

Christmas specials

NEW Saturday 3 December 2016 7.30pm - The Churchfitters Christmas Cracker - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
The Churchfitters is a folk group like no other. A double bass made out of scrap metal. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stomping fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. A mouth-watering selection of favourites from their regular repertoire interlaced with traditional and original festive songs and Christmas carols, this cracker of a show will see Christmas in with a bang and a paper hat-full of surprises, novelties – and terrible jokes as well! Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/thechurchfitterschristmascracker. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Sunday 4 December 2016 8pm - The Magical Christmas Tree Tour - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
The Magical Christmas Tree Tour is Pete Morton, Emily Sanders, Chris Parkinson and a tree. Not just any old Christmas tree but a very magical one. After five successful seasons touring the UK this show is a festive treat where the audience pick scrolls from the tree and make every night a unique occasion. Pete, Emily and Chris are a high-flying combination. Together they deliver a richly textured collection of vibrant new songs, beautiful old carols and stunning instrumentals. £10 adv/£12 door. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/364202.

NEW Thursday 8 December 2016 7.30pm - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ (map)
St Agnes Fountain will once again be starting Christmas in tuneful style, as they visit on their 16th consecutive sell-out Christmas tour. The magical concert promises more of their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of both traditional and new Christmas classics. Details, ticketing etc. www.discoverhannahs.org/events/current/st-agnes-fountain.

And finally this time...
Oysters 3 at Harberton - Update -
Friday 3 March 2017 8pm - Oysters 3 -
Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer, the three founder members and creative heart of folk-rock legends Oysterband, invite you to an evening of fresh acoustic performance and off-the-wall stories - an insight into their history, sometimes turbulent, often funny, with great songs from every era of a unique career. All tickets: £16. See full ticketing details here www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/oysters3.htm.
Just 16 days since tickets were released - and over 50 have been sold already A fantastic response. An ideal Christmas present? - JC.

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing here does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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20/9/16

Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 20 September 2016

Oysters 3 at Harberton - Update
Friday 3 March 2017 8pm - Oysters 3 -
Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer, the three founder members and creative heart of folk-rock legends Oysterband, invite you to an evening of fresh acoustic performance and off-the-wall stories - an insight into their history, sometimes turbulent, often funny, with great songs from every era of a unique career. All tickets: £16. See full ticketing details here www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/oysters3.htm.
The response to last week's ticket release announcement was amazing - 20+ tickets sold in the first 24 hours and 30+ tickets in total sold in the first week - JC.

Part One below - A full listing of all events for the next 4 weeks
Part Tw
o - One-liners for all newly notified events to end of November
Part Three - Other stuff - All Ivybridge (Folk on the Moor & Watermark)
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part One *****

***** Part Two - One-liners for all newly notified events to end of November *****

***** Part Three - Other stuff  - All Ivybridge*****

Folk on the Moor Club Autumn Guest Programme at the Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.
NEW
Sunday 9 October 2016 7.45pm - Kim Lowings & The Greenwood
A first visit for this Midlands-base group, established in 2011 and providing an energetic blend of original compositions and traditional songs. their latest album Histonia (2015) was heralded as "beautiful and enchanting" by Living tradition and "Absolutely captivating" by R2 Magazine.
NEW Sunday 23 October 2016 7.45pm - Jigantics
an absolutely terrific 5 piece band with some familiar faces from the much-loved Colvin Quarmby, thus ensuring top quality musical and vocal excellence. Their programme is a mix of blues, roots, trad and country; foot-tapping songs and fine ballads variously accompanied on guitars, bass, violin, mandolin, harmonica, squeezeboxes and percussion.

NEW Sunday 6 November 2016 7.45pm - Sara Grey & Kieron Means
Originally from North Carolina, Sara lived in the UK for over 40 years before returning to the USA. With a lovely voice, she has a particular interest in songs that have travelled across the Atlantic to North America and accompanies them on frailing banjo. Her son Kieron is a fine singer/guitarist and together the deliver their material with true passion.
NEW Sunday 20 November 2016 7.45pm - Mike Silver & Johnny Coppin
Both started their musical careers in the 1970s and rapidly bcame two of the finest exponents of the singer/songwriter genre. When they link up, you can expect great things ... and you will not be disappointed! Johnny's sensitive piano and Mike's melodious guitar perfectly complement the outstanding lyrics that both these artistes produce. Sheer magic - do not miss!

NEW Sunday 4 December 2016 7.45pm - Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby
"Combine a consummate singer and songwriter, with an outstandingly brilliant guitarist and you have pure magic. Their performances leave audiences spellbound." "One of Nashville's finest voices and one of the worlds greatest acoustic guitarists.......stunning." "A superb selection of material, together with many humorous stories of travels on the road of life."

Diary Dates for The Watermark at Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
NEW Monday 28 November 2016 8pm - Peter Asher & Albert Lee
Multiple GRAMMY winners Peter Asher & Albert Lee combine their talents for an acoustic evening of songs and stories. As one half of Peter & Gordon, Peter Asher’s voice “literally soared through Carnegie Hall” (Fox News), while Albert Lee has been called “the ultimate virtuoso” by Eric Clapton. Influenced from their earliest days as musicians and performers by great American artists like Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers, Peter Asher and Albert Lee bring those influences to the fore in their first series of shows together as an acoustic duo. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/peterasheralbert-lee.
NEW Saturday 3 December 2016 7.30pm - The Churchfitters Christmas Cracker
The Churchfitters is a folk group like no other. A double bass made out of scrap metal. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stomping fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. A mouth-watering selection of favourites from their regular repertoire interlaced with traditional and original festive songs and Christmas carols, this cracker of a show will see Christmas in with a bang and a paper hat-full of surprises, novelties – and terrible jokes as well! Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/thechurchfitterschristmascracker.
NEW Saturday 18 March 2017 8pm - Richard Digance Golden Anniversary Tour\
Join Richard for a celebration of his 50 years of songs and stories that led to a BAFTA Nomination and The British Academy of Composers Gold Award. 31 albums, music for Bill Bryson’s audio book and over 3 million YouTube views prove it was a successful journey. He is supported by acoustic duo The Broadside Boys on their first British tour as they promote their new album Plenty More Fish In The Sea. Also art exhibition and meet and greet from 5pm prior to the show. Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/richarddigance.
NEW Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an ever evolving eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Winners ‘Best Duo’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016, Winners ‘Best Duo’ Spiral Earth Awards 2015, Winners ‘Best Duo’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013. Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/katherineroberts-seanlakeman.

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13/9/16

Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 13 September 2016

Part One below - Tickets released today for Oysters 3 at Harberton on 3/3/17
Part Two - A full listing of all events for the next 4 weeks or so
Part Three - Some newly notified (and updated) later events and Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part One *****

Great news - Today after several months of discussions we are delighted to announce the ticket release for...
Friday 3 March 2017 8pm - Oysters 3 -
Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
Oysterband from a different angle… By popular demand, Oysters 3 take to the road again in 2017. John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer, the three founder members and creative heart of folk-rock legends Oysterband, invite you to an evening of fresh acoustic performance and off-the-wall stories - an insight into their history, sometimes turbulent, often funny, with great songs from every era of a unique career. “The very first time we did this, we more or less improvised the show. We were astonished when it went down a storm - and we wondered why on earth we’d never thought of doing it before!” Presented by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk. Real ale bar supplied by the Bay Horse Inn Totnes. All tickets: £16. See full ticketing details here www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/oysters3.htm.
I have a feeling this concert is going to be very popular, so book early - that present-giving time is only just over 3 months away (I won't use the 'C' word yet) - JC.

***** Part Two - A full listing of all events for the next 4 weeks or so *****

NEW Sunday 6 November 2016 8pm - Jim Causley - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Jim Causley celebrates over a decade as an acclaimed solo artist and performer with a brand new studio album Forgotten Kingdom, a broad collection of songs inspired by Causley’s native Westcountry mixing ancient history with the songwriter’s own personal history and experience of the world. Jim is joined here by Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll. £10 adv/£12 door. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/364201.

NEW Monday 7 November 2016 - Jon Boden solo - Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
Nearest tour date to our patch. 01935 422884 / www.octagon-theatre.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 17 November 2016 7.30pm - Martin Simpson - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
We are delighted to welcome back Martin who started our series in April 2014. Martin is regarded as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitarists in the world. His career includes collaborations on stage and record with among many of the UK's finest musicians. Martin has been nominated an astounding 27 times in the fifteen years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was voted Musician of the Year on two occasions. He has had a long recording career with some 14 successful albums to his name. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Friday 25 November 2016 - The Levellers - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Celebrating 25 years of 'Levelling The Land', The Levellers will play their classic album in full plus other hits on a mammoth UK tour supported by Ferocious Dog to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of their second full-length, and now classic, album. www.plymouthpavilions.com.

***** Part Two - Other stuff *****

General items retained from previous circulars

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for September
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Session news: Plymouth  (from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com)
Plymouth: St. Aubyn's Church, Chapel Street, Devonport PL1 4DP (01752 562348, 07887 911038)
Wednesday 7 September 7.30pm. Devonport folk and general music session. All styles and musicians welcome. Takes place above the library. Refreshments available. Disabled facilities. On bus routes 34/ 21A / 5/A into and out of Plymouth. Mecca Bingo is on the corner . “A revival of previous sessions but now in a settled home. Look forward to new and previous participants.”  It is hoped that this session will become a regular monthly event.

Green Light Unplugged
Green Light Unplugged is an acoustic music project, designed to involve local cafes, bars and other venues to provide an introductory platform for songwriters and musicians, while raising awareness and funds for MacmillanCancer Support. If you are a venue or artist, or if you would like to find out more information, please visit www.greenlightunplugged.com.

Folk Music at South Brent's two pubs
The Oak
www.oakonline.net
Folk music session
- a folk music session to join in every Wednesday for adults from 8.30pm(ish);
Children’s folk night - 7.30-8.30pm on alternate Wednesdays in term time encourages young people to learn and enjoy playing instruments and singing
Folk at the Oak – Traditional music and song session on the third Thursday of the month from 8.pm(ish). FFI Mick Bramich on 01364 649339.
Second Sunday of the month: Bluegrass music session from 7.45 onwards: After a couple of successful trial sessions, this is now a regular occurrence. Upbeat and great fun - everyone welcome – to play or just listen. Musicians of stringed instruments and singers all welcome to join in with the session. Have a drink and a listen to lots of lively tunes and songs. A great end to the weekend.
Pack Horse Inn
www.thepackhorse.co.uk
Mixed folk session - mainly a song session/‘sing around’ from around 8.30pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month - Contact Eileen on 01364 73699 eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.

Some 2017 dates from Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
NEW
Wednesday 18 January 2017 8pm - Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
https://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15713

NEW Wednesday 8 February 2017 7.30pm - Fairport Convention
https://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15716
NEW Sunday 9 April 2017 7.30pm  - Feast of Fiddles
https://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15702.

Featured venue: Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A volunteer run arts centre in an interesting venue, overlooking the River Tamar. Calstock Arts programme a wide range of events including folk, jazz, classical music, comedy, film, theatre, talks and exhibitions. Fully licensed bar, and pre-event food is available for some events. In addition to ticketed events, Gallery Bar Specials also take place featuring live music and other events from well-known and emerging performers in the South West. Full programme details: www.calstockarts.org. The autumn programme includes:
Sunday 11 September
2016 3pm - Sunday Sessions: Siobhán Owen
Friday 23 September 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, with James Budden
Saturday 8 October 2016 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
Friday 4 November 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Kit Hillbillies
Friday 11 November 2016
- Jody Kruskal vs Geoff Lakeman: Duelling Concertinas
Saturday 12 November 2016
- Clive Carroll

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This is another important 'Admin' message. Monday 20 June 2016

As I have sufficient spare capacity left on my free monthly send allowance with MailChimp, I wanted to give you a quick update:
I'm still concerned that my Harberton Folk e-circulars may be increasingly falling foul of some spam filtering systems and that some intended recipients are consequently not receiving them at all, or they are going into Spam/Junk folders rather than normal In Boxes.

Statistics provided by MailChimp indicate that this may have happened to some extent again with last week's circular, sent on 14/6/16. (A copy of this can be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.) My recent Admin message on 8/6/16 did not seem to suffer the same fate.

I wanted to let you know that this week's main circular will be sent sometime on Wednesday 22nd June, so if you normally receive the circulars and haven't received this week's by first thing Thursday morning, you will be able to find a copy on the website. I'd also be grateful if could let me know at the reply email address at the foot of this message.

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Session News:
South Hams
(from John O'Connor)
The Dolphin Inn Kingston is under new management, and is beginning to flourish once more as the phoenix rises from the ashes. The new landlord, Craig Worthington, has decided to keep the open mic sessions going through the summer, so the next Dolphin Open Mic will be on Friday 1 July 8 pm onwards. 01548 810806 to book a spot, follow Facebook page Dolphin Open Mic.
In other news, - the next Church House Inn (Churchstow) session will be on Thursday 1 September, as the pub is moving into its busy summer period.
Exeter: (from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com)
Whipton Music Club, The Whipton Institute Social Club, Whipton Village Road EX4 8AW (Paul Hunter: 01392 276827, whiptonmusicclub@gmail.com). Second Friday of each month, 8pm – 11pm. “Long established popular open mic night.” “I will not be able to run the club this month or July / August. However, the club is very much alive and we will resume again on the second Friday, 9th September.” Paul.

Admin Note:
I've recently been informed that the Plusnet recommendation sign-up banner at the foot of this email (and also on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk) has not been functioning correctly. I've now corrected that problem. I've been with Plusnet for nearly 16 years, since long before they became a household name. And if you need support, you know you'll talk to someone in Yorkshire!

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Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 8 June 2016

This is an important 'Admin' message - Please read
concerning
Possibly Missing Circulars
(The usual event-full circular will follow in a few days, but new details of a Seth Lakeman gig in Exeter Cathedral on 17 December, already selling very strongly, follow below.)

I've spotted an issue which means some people may not have received the normal circular I sent on Monday this week.

For 2½ years I've been using the commercial email marketing tool MailChimp to send my circulars. For my total number of contacts and total monthly usage, this is free to use. But it does mean that some email systems might regard the Harberton Folk circulars as commercial promotional material. Gmail for example may put them under the 'Promotions' Inbox tab rather than the 'Primary' tab.

To help me keep a check on what is happening I send a copy of each circular to a 'normal' email address of mine (handled by my ISP, Plusnet [ISP = internet service provider]) and I send further copies to a Gmail address and a Hotmail address. Occasionally the copy to my ISP-based email address doesn't arrive. I have no idea why? Perhaps for some unknown reason it is categorized as spam and deleted (without trace). But I also send a copy to my wife's Plusnet-based email address - and that usually gets through when mine doesn't.

Last Monday's circular was different. For the first time in the case of non-delivery to our normal Inboxes, it finished up in both my and my wife's respective Spam folders on Plusnet's server.
Again, I have no idea what element of the circular's content might have caused it to be specifically categorized as spam (it may possibly have something to do with the number and type of links I include, but that is a pure guess), and I fear the same may have happened in the case of other ISPs. I can do nothing about this. I just hope it doesn't happen again.

But if you suspect you may be missing a circular, please always check the website www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where a copy of the most recent circulars can be found, now with a prominent link on the home page.

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Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for June
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Session news
Bere Ferrers (near Yelverton): Old Plough PL20 7JL (Pub: 01822 840 358, contactus@theoldeploughinn.co.uk, Jane: 01822 841064)
Open mic: First Friday of the month, 8.30pm.
Acoustic night: Third Sunday of the month, 8.30pm. Acoustic singers, instrumentalists and groups welcome (all styles).
Jam Session: Third Tuesday of the month, 8.30pm.
[gleaned from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]

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Session/Club News
Milton Abbot Folk Club, Milton Abbot Village Hall PL19 0PA (map)
Regular 3rd Friday club. Midway between Launceston and Tavistock (01822 870247)
Launceston - Racehorse Inn, North Hill www.racehorseinn.co.uk
Live music last Monday every month. 01566 786916

Feature: Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (Newsletter), Kingsteignton
at the Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH.
Dear supporter of live music: We are enjoying the lighter and warmer nights at the Passage House Inn Devon, this is our latest newsletter with details of the next “Featured Artist Events". Featured artists have a ¾ hour set, at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions, finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. All the other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. Proceeds as always are donated to the local Rowcroft Hospice except on 27 June proceeds will be donated to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. 6 June – Rick Lawes; 20 June – Nigel Dee; 27 June – Steve Buxton; 18 July – Graham Butterfield. Please visit www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 for further information. Kind regards, Martin.

Carmina New Album
Carmina (jazz, folk and celtic crossover), who last performed in this area 5 years ago at the Dart Music Festival and the Mildmay Colours Inn in Holbeton, are booked to record a new album at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios at the end of May. They are trying to raise some of the necessary funds through a 'Kickstart' campaign. If you're a Carmina fan, see full details here now: http://kck.st/21r6t5m.
[Please note: This is a one-off item for a friend of Harberton Folk and not the start of regular crowdfunding items.]

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Feature: South Devon Music proudly presents a
Summer of Love in Music City, Bovey Tracey! to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Summer of Love. Don’t miss these once in a lifetime opportunities to see some of the most influential musicians ever to grace any stage:
Sunday 5 June 2016 - Legendary Irish duo Tir na nOg at the Edgemoor Hotel, Haytor Road
Sunday 10 July 2016 - the return of the magnificent guitarist/singer/songwriter Michael Chapman to the Edgemoor
Saturday 3 September 2016Robin (ex-Incredible String Band!) and Bina Williamson at the Dolphin Hotel, Station Road
Book your tickets here: www.ticketsource.co.uk/southdevonmusic or email phil.royal@btinternet.com.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for May
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Folk Dance Club News
Well, it's not news really, but there are many such clubs across our area, for example the Exeter Folk Dance Club which meets usually Last Friday in the month  7.30-9.30pm (not July/August) at the Palace Gate Centre, South Street Baptist Church, South Street, Exeter EX1 1JA.  An open and welcoming Club affiliated to EFDSS. For more information email exeterfolkdance@gmail.com. All welcome.
See www.flaxey-green.co.uk for details of all folk dance clubs across our area.

Nationwide search for members of new National Youth Folk Ensemble
[After seeing the brilliant Leveret in Kingskerswell last Friday I was reminded to circulate the following which involves Sam Sweeney and may be of interest to some talented young folk musicians in our area.]
The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has launched a nationwide search for talented young musicians to become the first members of the new National Youth Folk Ensemble. A series of Sampler Days will be held throughout England during May and June to audition musicians aged 14 to 18 for up to 25 places in the Ensemble, which is supported by Arts Council England.
The nearest sampler day in our region is at Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre on Thursday 2 June 2016 10.30am-4pm.
Led by the Ensemble’s Artistic Director, BBC Radio 2’s Folk Musician of the Year 2015 Sam Sweeney, each Sampler Day will include creative workshops with a team of professional folk artists, individual auditions, and a question and answer session with Ensemble staff. Selected musicians will be invited to a final audition in London in July. To register for a Sampler Day, musicians have to be aged between 14 and 18 on 1 September 2016, live in England, be able to play confidently on any instrument and have an interest in folk music.
Full details can be found at www.efdss.org/efdss-education/national-youth-folk-ensemble. An early application is essential.

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Session News - Plymouth
Plymouth: Artillery Arms, Pound Street, Stonehouse PL1 3RH (01752 262515). First & third Tuesdays of the month, 8.30pm. Mixed folk session. Singers particularly welcome. Formerly on alternate Tuesdays.
For comprehensive information about pub sessions (list and map) across the area see www.flaxey-green.co.uk.

Callington 2016 Mayfest free pre-fest workshops
Music Workshops with Becki Driscoll from Wren Music:
10.30am March 19 Callington Town Hall; April 2 / 16 / 30 Callington Methodist Church; April 30 Callington Town Hall
Samba Drumming Workshops with Sean Hooper of Truro school of Samba (possibly trying some rhythms based on Cornish dances):
10.30am March 26, April 9 / 23, May 7 at Mustard Seed Church, Callington.
Cornish Dance Workshops with Carmen Hunt:
10.30am April 2 / 16 / 23 Callington Methodist Church; April 30 Callington Town Hall
For more info email caveatcallington@gmail.com or contact Peter on 01579 384509.

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Topsham Folk Club Singers Nights - Temporary Change of Venue during March
The Globe is undergoing building work over the next few weeks and the Malthouse is unavailable. We will be holding Singers Nights upstairs in Matthews Hall, Topsham on March 6th, 20th and 27th. Please BYO drinks as there will be no bar available.

Feature: Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (Spring 2016 newsletter), Kingsteignton
at the Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH. We meet every Monday and always welcome artists/musicians to perform on any club night and we especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances. It’s nearly spring time (hooray!), so here is our latest newsletter with details of our "Spring Featured Artist Events". Featured artists have a ¾ hour set, at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions. Finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. All the other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. Proceeds as always are donated to the local Rowcroft Hospice. 7 March - Marc Woodward; 11 April - Josie Lloyd; 16 May - Paul Holden. Please visit www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 further information and performance videos.  Kind Regards Martin.

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Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for February
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Session News - Teignmouth
New venue for the last Friday 8pm Acoustic Folk and Blues Night - Palmers Tea Rooms, 51A Northumberland Place, Teignmouth, TQ14 8DE tel: 01626 437120. Light snacks/non-alcoholic beverages available. Bring your own alcohol or purchase from pub next door. Enquiries/to book a spot telephone 07443 617076.

Folk Dance Club News
Harberton Folk does not list folk dance clubs but I've picked up from Steve Cunio's Sadfolk weekly e-missive (Somerset & Dorset folk news, www.sadfolk.co.uk) that Gittisham Folk Dance Club nr Honiton now has its own website at http://gittishamfolkdanceclub.wordpress.com.
This is also a good opportunity to tell you that full details of all folk dance clubs in our area (and beyond) can be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk.

Morris Sticks
I can supply limited quantities of stripped hazel morris sticks from our own small wood at Harberton, cut and prepared to order during the winter. First come first served. For collection from Harberton, or Hermes courier delivery. Email me at the address below for further information, price, estimated delivery charge (Hermes charge £7.69 for a 5-10kg package and £9.98 for a 10-15kg package). JC

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New Folk Club - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club
Venue: Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=293187&Y=92189&A=Y&Z=110&ax=293187&ay=92189
(This replaces the Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn)
First official night: Friday 26 February 2016 8pm (Open Club night), last Friday of the month (except December). Admission £1. This new club will be held in the newly-refurbished and extended function room that will hold up to 60 people and is very comfortable and intimate. Table-top bar serving the essential drinks (beers, lager, cider, wines and soft drinks). Prices a lot lower than pub prices. Teas & coffees available (with biscuits). Limited parking in the club car park. Free street parking available outside the club. Access to the club is through open green gates in Lyndhurst Road, off Victoria Park Road.  Full wheel-chair access and disabled toilet. Message from club organisers: Due to ongoing difficulties at the Ley Arms, securing nights and regularity, we have decided to move venues. On the positive side we think this is a very good move and look forward to welcoming old and new faces to the new tennis club venue. For more information contact: leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

NEW First concert night at the new Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club
Friday 11 March 2016 8pm - Double Bill: Jenna Witts / Simon Barron -
Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Jenna Witts is a talented singer and songwriter from North Devon with an excellent voice, who has supported Show Of Hands on 5 nationwide tours, including a notable appearance at the Royal Albert Hall. She has toured and played alongside such names as Seth Lakeman, Fisherman's Friends and Elkie Brooks. She has released three critically-acclaimed albums, her latest being Hitchhiker. Jenna plays keyboards and acoustic guitar. www.jennawitts.com. Simon Barron is a brilliant rich-voiced singer, guitarist and songwriter performing songs based in the tradition. He "communicates an infectious love of English music through his exciting and relaxed renditions of the tradition and his own strongly narrative songs" on acoustic guitar, dulcimer and pedal-organ. www.sibarron.eu, www.barronbrady.com. £10 (paid in adv); £12 (door). Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

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East Devon: Jurassic Folk and Jam to Merge
[edited] "We have some very exciting news. Jurassic Folk started in Seaton, and later moved to Beer. There have been some problems at the Beer venue. At a recent meeting the Organising Body decided that we should move back to Seaton, where parking is more readily available, and the roads are better. The Organising Body decided that we would move to the Eyre Court Hotel in Seaton (www.eyrecourthotel.co.uk). It has an air-conditioned conservatory in which we will meet. The address is 2 Queen Street, Seaton. EX12 2NY.
It was also decided that we should merge the Jam and Folk nights together. This will make for more varied evenings. New Jurassic Folk and Jam will run on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, except in August. Do come along on Wednesday 20 January for our first night in the new venue. From this time we shall function entirely at Eyre Court in Seaton. It is hoped that the new venue will be more reliable and that being in Seaton will attract more folk, whether they be singers, instrumentalists or spectators. All are welcome. Admission is free.
If you want to know more you can either visit www.jurassicfolkandjam.com or telephone Andrew or June on 01404 46451. Mobile 07976 533520. Please tell all those whom you know, of these new developments. We hope to have a large crowd of performers and spectators. Flyers will be available on the evening for all to hand out or display.
Andrew & June"

New 2016 Format for Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Entrance price on singers nights reduced to £1 performers, £2 non-performers, raising funds for guests (no raffle). We are also changing the format for singers nights. We are fortunate in that there are many performers who are very good and deserve a longer spot. So with this in mind we are going to keep the last 30 mins or so of each singers night for a longer spot from one of these floor performers.
If you have any ideas that you would like to put forward for how we could improve the club for you then please just drop me a line. Or any negative things that put you off!
Next Thursday 24 January we were due to have Bob & Gill Berry but they are ill and have had to cancel. Instead we are going to have our first singers night with a longer performance from Charlie and Emma Wilson. Charlie plays guitar and they both sing in exquisite harmony. Beautiful arrangements and lovely voices.
Next booked guests:
Thursday 10 March 2016 - Cosgrave & Banks (Mike Cosgrave & Steve Banks) www.cosgraveandbanks.com
Thursday 14 July 2016 - Steve Turner - www.steve-turner.co.uk

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Folk News for Cornwall
I'm sometimes asked if there is any equivalent of the Harberton Folk e-circulars (which essentially cover southern Devon) for Cornwall. I'm not aware of anything myself, but would be happy to pass on any new information supplied to me.
The quarterly Folk News Kernow covering the county can be viewed/downloaded at
www.dreamersfolk.co.uk/folknews%20kernow.html.
Bodmin Folk Club's website has numerous links, at
www.bodminfolk.co.uk.
More Folks News for (North) Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - Shammick Acoustic, North Devon folk information
www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Covers much of Devon: folk events, song/dance clubs, sessions, ceilidhs and much more
Folk News for Somerset & Dorset / Wessex
Sadfolk's weekly email circulation - sign up at www.sadfolk.co.uk (Steve Cunio)
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com (Tony Watts)

29 July to 5 August 2016 - Sidmouth Folk Week
SFW has just (14/12/15) sent its first e-newsletter about the 2016 event with details of an amazing line-up, super early bird ticket deals now available etc. Don't miss out - join the e-circulation yourself at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk.

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NEW Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (winter newsletter), Kingsteignton
Featured Artist Events - These artists have a ¾ hour set at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm.
23 November – Steve Buxton - a charity event for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust; 7 December – John Lockwood – our talented singer and 12 string guitar player, with accompaniment by Bass Player Mark Thomas; 14 December – £1000 presentation to Rowcroft Hospice; 21 December – Christmas Party Night (there will be mince pies); 28th December - Closed; 4th January – New Year Event. All other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. For 2016 we are currently arranging an exciting programme of local "Featured Artists", which will include Josie Lloyd and Marc Woodward.
Please visit our web page www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 for further information
We always welcome artists/musicians to perform on any club night in The Estuary Courtyard, Passage House Inn, Kingsteignton and we especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances. During the summer months we welcomed a total of 164 German tourists who were staying at the Passage House Hotel.
Kind Regards Martin

Featured venue: Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A volunteer run arts centre in an interesting venue, overlooking the River Tamar. Calstock Arts programme a wide range of events including folk, jazz, classical music, comedy, film, theatre, talks and exhibitions. Fully licensed bar, and pre-event food is available for some events. In addition to ticketed events, Gallery Bar Specials also take place featuring live music and other events from well-known and emerging performers in the South West. Full programme details: www.calstockarts.org. Programme includes:
Sunday 12 December 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Sky Walkers
Friday 15 January 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Appaloosas
Friday 22 January 2016 8pm- An Evening with Bob Fox, WarHorse Songman
Saturday 6 February 2016 8pm - Wildwood Kin
Friday 26 February 2016 8pm - Luke Daniels
Friday 4 March 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Rosa Rebecka

Folk Dance Clubs
Some readers may have noticed that I don't normally include any details of Folk Dance Clubs (club nights, events etc.) in the Harberton Folk coverage area in my website and email listings. One very good reason for not doing so is that everything you could possibly need on this topic can always be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Folk_song_and_dance_clubs.html, along with a wealth of information about many other topics 'folk'.
But this item has been prompted by a specific request from by a reader to mention the following:
Exeter Folk Dance Club at The Palace Gate Centre, Baptist Church, South Street, Exeter 7.30-10pm: October 30 Aileen Wills & The Balcony Band; November 27 Pam Hayes & Live Music; December 11 Xmas Party and Bring and Share, Simon Maplesden & Jigs for Gigs

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Crabshell Music Kingsbridge - an Update from Neil White
You have'\t heard from me since the Crabshell Records Showcase concert but I hoped you might appreciate a Crabshell music update. It’s unlikely there will be any more regular Crabshell Concerts and I expect you already know that the monthly 1st Thursday sing-arounds in the bar are no more. The pub has just got too busy (and noisy) for these to continue as they were.
However... My pal, Paul Rossiter, is initiating a new, rather different, acoustic venture upstairs in the Function Room. Some of our most notable local musicians will be invited to strut their stuff with 10 to 25 minutes for their appearance. The first of these events will be this Thursday 8 October from 8pm prompt to about 10.15pm. Performers booked for this date will include gifted multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter John Connor; the stunning voices of “songsisters" Mahrey & Nicola; the distinguished veteran musicians, Les Noden & Nigel Sture, appearing as “Bollards”; and the lively, talented duo, Johnny Mac and Janet with songs, guitar, fiddle and mandolin.
Diary! Thereafter the sessions will be at the same time on each second Thursday of the month into April (except December)
Free entry. All Seated. All acoustic. 2 for 1 Fish & Chips with your Crabshell loyalty card (apply at the bar).

About Crabshell Music Itself
Neil White's Crabshell Music catalogue ("Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musiciams who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities.") includes recordings by talented local performers such as Bollards (Les Noden & Nigel Sture), The Old Gaffers, Vic Wilcox & Johnny Kimble, Devil's Footsteps, Storm UK, John Connor, Rumpus. See www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html for full details.

And Another Topical Local CD Release (by Steve Banks) - John Smart's Bottle
Perhaps you caught one of the news item very recently about Napoleon Bonaparte's visit 200 years ago to Devon before being shipped off to exile in St Helena? Local Steve Banks (of The Carnival Band, Blue Jewel etc.) writes of his new CD:
"It brings to life Napoleon’s extraordinary visit to Brixham Quay on 24th July 1815, two hundred years ago. In 2012, John Risdon, the historian from Galmpton who helped me with the Dart Songs album, suggested a further collaboration, about the local history of the Napoleonic Wars, and the smuggling trade that went along with it. The central story was of Napoleon being brought to Brixham quay aboard the Belerophon (the “Billy Ruffian”) in July 1815, a few weeks after his defeat at Waterloo. There is an extraordinary real life account of this visit, through the eyes of one John Smart of Brixham, who, at 10 years old, was enjoying the special holiday to celebrate the Waterloo victory, down at Brixham quay with his mates Charlie and Dick Puddicombe, when they spied two ships of the line coming around Berry Head. The amazing drama that unfolded, is told in the title song of the album, John Smart’s Bottle."
The CD also has community involvement through The Old Gaffers, Maggie Duffy, and Brixham Folk Club. Well worth a listen to the sample tracks here www.bluejewel.info/john-smarts-bottle/john-smarts-bottle-listen-to-tracks.

Folk Song Clubs
I don't normally include any details of regular Folk Song Club singers'/musicans' nights in the Harberton Folk coverage area in my website and email listings. One very good reason for not doing so is that everything you could possibly need on this topic can always be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk. However, Andy Clarke has sent the following to his email list ahead of the regular monthly club night for Totnes Folk Song Club tomorrow Thursday 8 October which I'm happy to reproduce:
"A special welcome to all the new people on the mailing list for Totnes folk club. The club is held on the second Thursday every month upstairs at the Dartmouth Inn Totnes starting at 8 ish and (usually) every other month is a guest performers or performers. I try to book people you may not have heard of but who deserve to be seen. There are other venue’s locally that do a great job of booking big names but the travelling troubadours who have (often) been around for a long time do not get the kind of recognition they deserve even though they give first class performances. We have had some superb guest performers over the years, many of which the audience just came along on spec, not sure what they were getting. So please do check out the video clips I put up of the performers we book and give the club your support, we can’t survive without you! We also have a great deal of talent amongst our floor singers and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for making the club a great night out. I can honestly say that our singers nights are really great fun and for a couple of quid you can’t really go wrong.
This coming Thursday 8th Oct is a singers night so if you fancy having a go, if you play Siberian nose flute whilst whistling Dixie or you strike the gay harp with a hammer or you just would like to use a song sheet to help you remember words….come along, upstairs at the Dartmouth Inn. 8pm-ish £3 non performers £2 performers.
Next month Sarah McQuaid www.sarahmcquaid.com/press-group-8.html."

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Lympstone Folk: A new addition to 'Folk (Song) Clubs' page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk -
2nd Wednesday of each month (except August), 9-11pm, Globe Inn, The Strand, Lympstone, EX8 5EY. Close to station and car park. Singers, musicians and audience welcome. Join the Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/130235653662071 for monthly reminder or contact Olly Davey, 01395 225075 for details.

Session News - New Session - Churchstow
A new regular first Thursday (8.15pm) of each month session, organised by John Connor, has started at the Church House Inn, Churchstow, the next will be on 1 October, and the first Thursday of each month thereafter.
John Connor also runs Open Mic sessions at the Dolphin Inn, Kingston. The next is on 25 September from 8pm - see www.facebook.com/dolphinopenmic.connor.1?fref=ts. Also occasional open mics at the Exeter Inn, Modbury.

More Session News - Axminster; Plymouth
According to a recent email circular from Tony Watts associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at http://sanchobramble.weebly.com:
2 x RIP
Axminster: Axminster Inn, Silver St EX13 5AH (01297 34947, Every Wednesday, 9pm. Open mic/acoustic session “Relatively quiet, but enjoyable!”
Not happening.
Plymouth: Bristol Castle, 6 Duncan Street (off Duke St.), Devonport PL1 4EP (01752 563155), Second Sunday of the month, 3pm. Folk music session. “I had a text from the organisers of the session at The Bristol Castle as I went to it occasionally.
That has finished, they are looking for another venue in the area but I think it will be a week night.” Greg.

Session news - Plymouth
According to a recent email circular from Tony Watts associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at http://sanchobramble.weebly.com:
NEW ADDITION - Plymouth: Bristol Castle, 6 Duncan Street (off Duke St.), Devonport PL1 4EP (01752 563155). Second Sunday of the month, 3pm. Folk music session. “Singers, musicians, all welcome. Friendly atmosphere. Experienced folk on hand. Beginners welcome. Refreshments.”

Along The Coleridge Way
Also received from Tony Watts - admittedly outside our cover area, but not too far away - an interesting project:
In October 2015, at 14 intimate concert venues along the route of The Coleridge Way, Award winning folk musicians Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater present an exquisite evening of original music inspired by the life and work of the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The tour starts on October 3 just across the road from Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey (Somerset), and ends on October 18 in the Lynmouth Pavilion. Full details
www.alongthecoleridgeway.co.uk.

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Exeter Corn Exchange - Diary Dates (not all folk, but some popular names, all on sale now)
Wednesday 11 November 7.30pm - Eddi Reader
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15416
Friday 13 November 7.30pm - Donovan
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15541
Saturday 23 January 2016 7.30pm - Elkie Brooks
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15428
Wednesday 24 February 2016 7.30pm - Fairport Convention
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15507
Wednesday 13 April 2016 8pm - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15485
Monday 9 May 2016 7.30pm - The Fureys
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15520.

Session news - South Brent
Nothing new here, just reminders of various regular happenings in two pubs in this busy village:
The Oak
Folk music session – a folk music session to join in every Wednesday for adults from 8.30pm(ish);
Children’s folk night - 7.30-8.30pm on alternate Wednesdays in term time encourages young people to learn and enjoy playing instruments and singing
Folk at the Oak – Traditional music and song on the third Thursday of the month from 8.00pm(ish). FFI Mick Bramich on 01364 649339.
Pack Horse Inn
Mixed folk session - mainly a song session/‘sing around’ from around 8.30pm on alternate Tuesdays (8 & 22 September; 6 & 20 October): - Contact Eileen on 01364 73699 eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.

Advance dates info for Folk Evenings at the Cross House Inn, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
"The following are the dates agreed with the landlord for us meet, greet, eat, drink, sing, play ....."
17 Oct, 7 Nov, 5 Dec, 9 Jan, 6 Feb, 5 Mar, 2 Apr
Monthly reminders will appear in these listings.

Session news (Plymouth)
This may well have been going for ages, but it's one I hadn't heard of:
Bristol Castle Pub, 6 Duncan Street (off Duke St.) Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4EP
Regular 2nd Sunday afternoon (3pm) folk music session, singers, musicians all welcome. Friendly atmosphere. Experienced folk on hand beginners welcome - refreshments. For contact details (Kathy) see www.flaxey-green.co.uk.
www.flaxey-green.co.uk provides extensive details of dozens of regular sessions happening across our area.

More session news, various, taken direct from Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates
(see http://sanchobramble.weebly.com for more details)
Discontinued: Exmouth: 11a Church Street (restaurant & bar) EX8 1PE (01395 223195); was Every Wednesday, 9pm. Open mic + jamming. Discontinued – premises now under new name and management.
New addition: Bishopsteignton: Red Rock Brewery, Higher Humber Farm TQ14 9TD (01626 879738) Every Thursday, 7.30pm. ‘Folk Club’. “Not really a club - and not JUST folk music. You can usually expect to play 2 sets - 3 songs overall - and the earlier you arrive, the sooner you play. Come as an individual, or a small group - bring friends and family - join in with others, make new friends. All genres - all levels - all instruments - just NO mic, and NO amps - totally acoustic.”
Revised entry: Sidmouth: The Marine, The Esplanade EX10 8BB (01395 513145, www.themarinesidmouth.com) Open mic: Alternate Fridays, from 9.30pm. Free entry. All welcome. In-house PA, mics and guitar available if required.

Outside our area, but sad news about a long-established West-Country folk club
Eileen Ann Moore writes:
Closure of the Acorn Folk Club
"The Acorn Folk Club was founded in Minehead, Somerset in 2002 by the late John Moore, and carried on from 2005 by his widow Eileen Ann with the help of Jim Parham and a willing team of volunteers. During these thirteen years nearly 100 outstanding and leading guests on the national and international folk scene have been hosted. The platform granted for regular and visiting talented floor spots has been well used, and a loyal and enthusiastic audience has been developed, earning the Acorn the reputation of "one of the best, if not the best, folk clubs around". Due to unforeseen circumstances it has been decided regrettably to close the Acorn Folk Club and so the new 14th season will not be starting on 6th September 2015 as previously planned. Eileen Ann and Jim have enjoyed running the club and meeting and hosting such a wide variety of people, whether professional or amateur performers or listeners, and have made lasting friendships. They would like to thank all who have contributed in any way in making the Acorn Folk Club the success it has been. EAM"

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings are on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
Sold out Thursday 10 September - Steve Knightley - Otterton Mill's final gig
Friday 18 September - Reg Meuross (plus Jess Vincent) - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter
Friday 25 September - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Simon Mayor & Hilary James with Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter
Saturday 26 September - Fishermans Friends - Plymouth Pavilions
Sunday 27 September - Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr - Brixham Theatre
Sunday 27 September - Polperro Fishermen’s Choir - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Sunday 11 October - Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers - Northcott Theatre, Exeter
Saturday 31 October - Martyn Joseph - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter
Tuesday 3 November - Ralph McTell - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter
Sunday 8 November - Cara Dillon - Tavistock Wharf
Wednesday 11 November - Eddi Reader - Exeter Corn Exchange
Sunday 15 November - Lau - Exeter Phoenix
Sunday 15 November - The Waterboys - Plymouth Pavilions
Saturday 21 November - Sharon Shannon Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Saturday 28 November - Martin Simpson - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock
Saturday 21 November - Sharon Shannon Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Thursday 10 December - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot
Saturday 12 December - Fotheringay - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Saturday 19 December - Seth Lakeman & Band - Plymouth Pavilions
Saturday 12 December - Fotheringay - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington

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Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (late summer newsletter), Kingsteignton
Details of our next Featured Artist Events. These artists have a ¾ hour set at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. All other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket.
We are on target to donate another £1000 to Rowcroft Hospice Charity towards the end of the year.
17 August – The John White Band; 7 September – Verity Greenway; 21 September – Nine Pound Catfish; 12 October – Chris & Paul Woodhouse; 26 October – Cornelius Family; 23 November – Steve Buxton; 7 December – John Lockwood
Please visit our web page www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 for further information and performance videos.
We meet every Monday and always welcome artists/musicians to perform on any club night and we especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances.

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(More) Folk news slightly further afield:
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Compiled by Tony Watts. Monthly calendar with email updates mainly of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details. Tony's latest email update notes the following:
South Zeal (nr. Okehampton): King’s Arms EX20 2JP (01837 840300, Dave: 07792 259338,
www.drjams.co.uk). Second Monday of every month, 9pm till 11pm. Open mic. “Please note the Kings Arms Jam in South Zeal is moved back 1 week in August to make way for the [Dartmoor] folk festival.”

Folk news slightly further afield:
North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the next couple of months for this area can be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

Session updates - Bere Ferrers (near Yelverton): Old Plough PL20 7JL
According to Tony Watts'  latest email circular associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at
http://sanchobramble.weebly.com, the following now applies (Pub: 01822 840 358, contactus@theoldeploughinn.co.uk, Jane: 01822 841064):
Open mic: First Friday or Saturday of the month, 8.30pm.
Acoustic night: Third Sunday of the month, 8.30pm. Acoustic singers, instrumentalists and groups welcome (all styles).
Jam Session: Third & fourth Tuesday of the month, 8.30pm.

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Session News - Aveton Gifford
Third Thursday, Celtic / Irish folk session month. New musicians welcome or just come along to listen - we like an audience!! Tel 07793 636370. At the Fishermans Rest, Fore St, Aveton Gifford, Kingsbridge, TQ7 4JL tel 01548 550284
Comprehensive information about dozens of sessions across the area can be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk.

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Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Outside our coverage area (just), but easily accessible
I've also recently become aware of the following club, offering monthly guest / open stage nights, which I've now added to the 'Other links' section on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk: Culm Valley Music & Performance Club at Magelake Hall, Uffculme EX15 3DR. Close to M5 Jct 27, www.culmvalleymusicclub.co.uk.

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LIVE MUSIC ACT EXTENSION BRINGS INTO EFFECT
INCREASE IN AUDIENCE FOR UNLICENSED VENUES
The Live Music Act extension came into effect on the 6 April 2015 meaning that Venues with audiences of up to 500 people will benefit from this deregulation of live music. Changes to the Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order 2014 mean a venue does not need a license to host live amplified music between 08:00 and 23:00 to audiences of up to 500 people. Live un-amplified music between 08:00 and 23:00 on any premises is unregulated along with the use of recorded music (to audiences of up to 500) during the same hours. Both live and recorded music may still become licensable if the licensing authority chooses following a licence review. This should be good news for small to medium size venues and musicians, however, there will always be the NIMBYS and those who wish to develop residential buildings close to existing live music venues to contend with.
(From The Jelli Note)

Kingsbridge - Crabshell Sessions R.I.P.
"Dear All, This is a very sad moment for me and probably for a lot of you. I have decided to end the 1st Thursday of the month Crabshell singing/music sessions. Although I am really pleased that Simon and the team at the pub are making such a success of the business, it really has become too far removed from the kind of venue that suits a session such as we all enjoy. I had considered doing this at the end of this year's winter season (ie May) but with the April session being so close to Easter this year, the pub will be heaving with an extra influx of visitors next week and I really can't face all the argy-bargy! With there only being the May session left it seems to make sense to call a halt now. I thank everyone who has supported the session over these past many years (can't remember actually how many!) and I for one have enjoyed the opportunity to have such great evenings of wonderful singing and cameraderie. There are other sessions in the surrounding area (see www.flaxey-green.co.uk) that would be very happy to see new singers so I hope you all continue singing, and I shall no doubt see you somewhere. If you know someone who may want to know this, Please spread the word to any interested parties who may not see this email. Love and all good wishes for the future from Brenda Burnside."

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Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Shammick Acoustic in North Devon
Shammick Acoustic's full programme of guest and open nights for 2015 is now available on
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk.

Feature: Bradninch
Google Earth tells me Bradninch (2 miles SW of Cullompton) is just within my fairly arbitrarily, and loosely, defined coverage area - "30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes", so here we go...
Bradninch Folk Club www.bradninchevents.org/groups/bradninch-folk-club
Bradninch Folk Club meets on 1st Tuesday (club nights) of the month at the White Lion and on the 3rd Tuesday at the Castle Hotel (guest nights). Coming up:
Tuesday 21 October 8pm - Alex Kumar - Castle Hotel, Bradninch
Exceptional and special, Alex has the spirit and songbook of Dylan and his muse Woody Guthrie to back's his own original song writing. His appearance is as the result of a floor spot he did at the Club in February this year. He was spellbinding then in his performance. True to the promise “With a voice that can only be described as other-worldy, he has the rare ability to captivate and silence an entire room with his mesmeric presence.” Support: visiting and local performers. Entry £4 door. Gerard Edwards 01392 881105.
Bradninch Acoustic Music Club www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
generally has Club nights the second Wednesday of each month, plus some guest nights. Coming up:
Friday 31 October - Jamie Smith's Mabon - The Guildhall, Bradninch
A one-off Extra Special Club night at The Guildhall starring the amazing Jamie Smith's Mabon, for those of you who have seen them they need no introduction,for those who haven’t then this is a big treat to see one of Europe’s finest Festival Bands on tour and stopping off at our little club to do a show. Tickets will be around £10 with concessions to club members and supporters. More details nearer the time. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
Wednesday 12 November - Club Night - So all floor singers come along and have a good blast.
Wednesday 10 December - Phil Beer and Paul Downes - guests for Xmas Club night at The Guildhall. Tickets £10. Wow what a night.
Bradninch also holds a popular music festival in June, see what happened this year:
www.bradninchevents.org/bradninch-music-festival

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Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

Replacement East Devon Music Diary
The page entitled "Richie's East Devon Music Diary" on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk was a multi-genre listing originating from Richie Evans who was unfortunately unable to continue offering his service as of 6/8/14. Fortunately the reins have been taken over by Rachel Cockell who invites interested parties to join her email circulation providing a monthly PDF download (and occasional updates). Contact Rachel at exmouthgigguide@gmail.com to be included. Rachel's Gig Guide will also be available to download from www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - September available now.

Feature: Crabshell Records, Kingsbridge
Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musicians who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities. To enable promotion and sales of your music your CDs will have high quality presentation but at low cost. Their own catalogue currently includes CDs by Vic Wilcox, John Connor, Bull Pitch, Iowa 4, Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, The Storm UK, The Crabshell Concerts 2005-2012. See full details of all CDs and the production services at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html.

A publication recommended by a Harberton Folk subscriber
"Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs by JP Bean (see www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Floor-History-British-Clubs/dp/0571305458) (available as paperback or for Kindle). It has a few notable omissions but it is a very familiar evocation of the time. JR"

Some folk information sources for neighbouring areas
(Unfortunately I'm not aware of general folk information resource for Cornwall - Does anyone else know of anything?)
Shammick Acoustic - Includes website
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk listings of regular and special events in North Devon and West Somerset.
Sadfolk - Comprehensive coverage of folk events in Somerset & Dorset - website
www.sadfolk.co.uk and associated weekly email udpates.
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Monthly calendar with email updates of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see
www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details.
And included by special request of the venue, a mention for the
Electric Palace in Bridport - in case you fancy venturing for a day out further along the Jurassic Coast -
www.electricpalace.org.uk - presenting some quality folk concerts, some featuring an act's only West Country gig; current programme includes: 23/4 Moulettes; 30/4 Fureys & Davey Arthur; 2/5 Dave Swarbrick & Friends; 15/5 Bella Hardy; 31/5 Sam Lee & Friends

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Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html. 2014 guest nights:
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Friday 17 October - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

On Exeter's Phonic FM 106.8 and online www.phonic.fm Mondays 6-8pm
Roots and Shoots with Martin Henning
The best in global and local music. Frequent live sessions from talented local and visiting musicians. See the show’s website http://rootsandshootsdevon.blogspot.co.uk. 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of each month | Jan 20 | Feb 3, 17 | Mar 3, 17, 31 | etc.
Common Ground with Martin Hodge - new in 2014
Exploring the rich folk music, songs and traditions of the West Country and the rest of the UK with occasional forays abroad. With informative and entertaining guests including some live music. Contact Martin via www.facebook.com/groups/commongroundonphonicfm/?fref=ts or email martin@phonic.fm. 2nd Monday of each month | Feb 10 | Mar 10 | etx.
Shenanigans with Karen and Kat
Shenanigans is presented by two chin-wagging musos with a weakness for caffeine. We will be playing indie, alternative, new wave and folk….finding those tracks you might not have heard but we know you will love! 4th Monday of each month | Jan 27 | Feb 24 | Mar 24 | etc.

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'South Devon Arts Centre' in Totnes
This not-for-profit community arts venue (whose patrons and friends include Jools Holland, Bob Harris and Sir Richard Branson) already has a massive programme lined up of top-class music of many genres, comedy, cabaret, theatre etc. and all ticketing details can be found at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. SDAC is located at The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map) and has a maximum seated capacity of 190 (ground floor 110, gallery balcony 80), or 200 standing capacity ground floor. Plenty of free parking available close by. Licensed bar.

North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the above area can always be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').

Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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Note to (potential) contributors - and readers:
The frequency of these e-circulars varies anywhere from approx. weekly up to fortnightly, driven essentially by work and personal priorities. Therefore, to give your event the best possible chance of inclusion (unless I forget! - has happened very occasionally), try to get your information to me at least a month in advance, preferably using the standard format I employ for most entries - see below - and preferably with a max. length of 50 to 75 words. Otherwise I have to edit text down to a reasonable length, and editing takes time! A Myspace (or similar) web link for music samples is a good idea too.

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1-2-1 Melodeon Tuition
Ed Rennie, lead tutor with the Devon Squeezebox Foundation, is currently teaching melodeon to a number of people on a 1-2-1 basis at their homes. The advantage from the students' point of view is the courses are tailored to their needs and progress at their pace and they get to stay at home in the warm and dry and Ed does all the running about in the cold and dark! Ed has a number of students he visits once a month in the West Dartmoor/Plymouth area (Mary Tavy to Saltash). He has capacity to take on some more students in the area, so if you would be interested to learn the melodeon at home with Ed, give him a shout at devonsqueezebox@hotmail.co.uk. Melodeon hire also available.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

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A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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MailChimp 'Final Confirmation' text

Welcome to the Harberton Folk Email Circulation

Many thanks for joining our free and confidential service which currently has over 1500 subscribers.
Please email me, John Culf, at johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk to tell me how you found out about the website / email circulation as I'm really interested to know how the word spreads. Thank you.

If your are a Gmail user, please note that Gmail may put the circulars in the 'Promotions' folder rather than 'Primary' or 'Social' if your Gmail is set up to show all three Inbox folders.

A new e-circular is usually sent every 7-14 days which will contain a selection of reminders and newly notified events, all extracted from the open-ended Folk Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk (the 'website') listing all known folk concerts etc. for the area, along with details of folk clubs, ceilidhs and much more. Recent circulars and a developing draft of the next circular can also be found on the website.

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.

The circulation covers events happening over an area extending about 30 miles from Totnes as the crow flies in all landward directions, roughly the southern half of Devon in other words. The information is gleaned from various sources including certain venues' own emailing lists, my own website trawls and - last but importantly not least - input from you. If you know of an event that's not in the website Diary, do let me know, and the more notice you can give the better.

Here's a collection of links that may be of interest; many more can be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk (please tell me if you find any broken links anywhere):

Folk clubs
Brixham Folk Club - www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/brixham-folk-club
Folk on the Moor, Lee Mill, near Ivybridge -
www.moorfolk.co.uk

Seaton - Jurassic Folk & Jam - www.jurassicfolkandjam.com
Teignmouth Folk Club - www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Devon%20Folk/Song/Teingmouth_Folk_Club.html
Topsham Folk Club, near Exeter - www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk
East Devon Folk: www.eastdevonfolk.org - Information about various folk clubs, sessions and more in East Devon and beyond

Venues/organisations offering folk concerts (some more occasional than others)
Calstock - Calstock Arts -
www.calstockarts.org
Exeter - Barnfield Theatre www.barnfieldtheatre.co.uk
Exeter - Phoenix Arts Centre -
www.exeterphoenix.org.uk
Otterton Mill, near Budleigh Salterton - www.ottertonmill.com/musiclistings.asp
Newton Abbot - Kingskerswell parish church - www.worldunlimited.co.uk
Teignmouth - Teignmouth Folk Concerts - www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk
Totnes - South Devon Arts Centre - www.southdevonarts.co.uk

Informational sites
Flaxey Green: www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Masses of information about local performers, bands, gigs, events, folk clubs... and much more... throughout South Devon and beyond. Flaxey Green particularly gives excellent information about two areas that Harberton Folk does not cover: Pub Sessions and Folk Dance Clubs.
Harberton Folk: www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - Our own site, again with extensive, regularly updated listings for southern Devon

Devon Folk: www.devonfolk.co.uk - Devon Folk ("What's Afoot") folk listings, dance clubs, song clubs etc. across the county
Villages In Action:
www.villagesinaction.co.uk - Scheme covering 5 of 7 district council areas in Devon which helps bring quality professional performances including some folk events and participatory workshops at affordable prices to communities through a network of local promoters
Somerset & Dorset Folk (Sadfolk): www.sadfolk.co.uk - Gateway to regular emailed folk information for Somerset and Dorset, including The David Hall at South Petherton and Bridgwater Arts Centre with regular major folk names, not too far from the east of our coverage area.

Acoustic Calendar for Wessex: An amazing "Guide to folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic" which essentially covers Somerset and Dorset, but also bits of all surrounding counties. Read more and/or download the full Calendar at www.folkmusicsomerset.co.uk/somerset_folk_diary.php. Also available by email subscription.

Folk on radio / internet
Folk on the BBC - A range of network (Mark Radcliffe on Radio 2: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01phglj), national (Radio Wales, Scotland etc.) and regional folk programmes from the BBC is available online (see www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/genres/music/folk/player), and through iPlayer for up to 7 days after broadcast. A good example of a BBC weekly regional folk programme is Johnny Coppin on BBC Gloucestershire: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio/bbc_radio_gloucestershire

The Mike Harding Folk Show
The former BBC presenter now has his own show online (current and archives dating back to January 2013) at www.mikehardingfolkshow.com.

UK Folk Music www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk - an online resource whose output for a period included a monthly version of Folkwaves, the excellent folk music programme hosted by Mick Peat and Lester Simpson, formerly broadcast on BBC Radio Derby until the BBC dropped it in 2011. Listen at www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk/magazine/category/folkwaves.

The Music Well (formerly Radio Britfolk) www.themusicwellhome.co.uk is an online resource dedicated to folk. Extensive billboard and new releases playlists offer pure no-chat music, plus many archived programmes offer a wide listening choice.

Locally, Dartington's Soundart Radio 102.5 FM also webstreams at www.soundartradio.org.uk (or www.myspace.com/soundartfm). The schedule, which usually includes Merlin's weekly folk and roots programme Weds 8.30-10pm, is available on the website.
Exeter-based Phonic FM 106.8 and streaming online at www.phonic.fm includes a 'Roots and Shoots' programme (Mons 6-8pm).

 

NEXT Harberton Folk Circular - ??day ?? April 2016
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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